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Water/Wasterwater jobs in Washington State

February 21st, 2013

The Talley Group has several urgent needs for Electrical and Control Systems Engineers with experience in the Water/Wastewater industry for its Washington State locations.  Current job titles include: Project Manager, Project Engineer, Sr. Electrical Engineer and Sr. Controls Systems Engineer.  All are direct placement positions with well established companies offering competitive salary ranges, outstanding benefits and relocation assistance.  If interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact Matt Sawicki at  Job details are as follows:



  • Experience with 4.16kV and 12.47kV substation power systems equipment including transformers, circuit breakers, conductors, protective relays, substation automation (SCADA) and power system analysis software such as SKM.
  • Water/waste-water experience and a power and control background below 600V is a strong plus.
  • Minimum requirements include a BSEE
  • 10 years of related industry experience
  • Washington State PE license a plus
  • Strong project management, business development, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills are essential.



  • Industrial power and controls experience preferably with water/waste water systems
  • experience with 480V power distribution; motor control including VFD’s; lighting; PLC’s; SCADA; relay control logic; and process instrumentation.
  • Minimum requirements include BSEE degree
  • 10+ years of related consulting experience developing design plans and specifications.
  • WA PE license (or ability to obtain within 6- months)
  • Strong control system focus, troubleshooting, communication and interpersonal skills are essential.



  • BS in engineering related to Electrical, Control Systems, Chemical or related field.
  • 7-10 years working as a Project Manager in an Electrical Controls environment.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with internal teams and external customer.
  • Well rounded technically to understand the software, hardware and programming requirements of the work.


Effectively manage the complete project lifecycle for 10-15 electrical controls projects at any one given time.

Once project is assigned, handle the following:

  • Meet with estimators and learn the scope and definition of the work to be done.
  • Handle all contract administration with the customer.  Get customer all necessary PO’s, contracts, credentials of engineers, etc.
  • Build project plans and put together forecasts.  Completely lay out the job based on fixed dates and timelines and review overall scope of the job of the job as to how many hours will be involved in each department to finalize the ship date of the project.
  • Complete a budget forecast assessing all the quotes made and what the actual will be.
  • Define schedule and tasks for project teams to execute on.  Work with sales/estimating team to understand their bid and who they had in mind to assign to the project.
  • Work with engineering team to help, create the BOM’s and instruments design.
  • Participate in bi-weekly updates analysis of dollars out on a job.
  • Manage the schedule of each job.
  • Provide monthly updated forecast & actuals to COO.
  • Manage the HW submittal design process with the client.  Respond to questions or projections from reviewing engineer.
  • Manage expectations of the customer and their interpretation of outlined specifications created in the original estimate.
  • Manage the purchase process.  Assist in purchasing negotiations. Transmit all necessary data to vendors when making purchases.
  • Write letters of intent to lock in pricing for delivery timeline of the job.
  • Review materials received and get necessary documentation into shop for fabrication.
  • Oversee the creation of documents necessary to ship out final product.  Manage the production of OEM manuals for customer.
  • Coordinate with service group to get the project up and running.  Handle any issues that come up onsite at time of delivery and install.


The Project Engineer is responsible for the engineering, design, integration, programming, and troubleshooting of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Process Instrumentation, Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), SCADA & Telemetry Systems, and Industrial Networks for systems controlling a wide variety of industrial applications including; water and wastewater plants, fish hatcheries, public transit systems, and power plants. This person will also ensure accuracy and completeness of associated technical documentation and support custom panel fabrication and field startup and commissioning processes.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and three or more years’ experience designing, installing, commissioning, and troubleshooting industrial controls systems to include PLCs, OIT/HMI’s, VFD’s, and industrial networks (specifically Ethernet, Controlnet, Devicenet, and Modbus/Modbus+) preferred.
  • Strong working knowledge with control system troubleshooting and tuning skills, experience with Ladder Logic and IEC programming of PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), and knowledge of Process Control.
  • Ability to use electrical test equipment, troubleshoot electrical problems, and be familiar with National Electrical Code (NEC), UL508A design and construction, wiring in Hazardous Areas and related regulations, standards and practices.
  • Experience with iFix, Wonderware, Panelview, RS logix, RS View, AutoCAD, Visual Basic, Allen-Bradley Controllogix and Modicon Quantum PLC hardware is preferred.
  • Ability to plan, implement and document structured programming is essential.
  • Knowledge of process instrumentation, control theory and various types of control systems, data acquisition, and industrial data communication coupled with experience working with industrial process controls, IT / networking processes and general analog and digital electronics required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills and teamwork skills required.


  • Develop electrical controls design by researching, analyzing, selecting, and applying electric controls engineering concepts, approaches, techniques, and criteria including panel layouts, distributed control systems, Operator Interface Terminals (OITs), Programmable Logic
  • Controllers (PLCs), Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Adapting and modifying electrical controls engineering options
  • Developing and evaluating new electrical controls engineering architectures and algorithms
  • Preparing layout drawings, schematics, and wiring diagrams; collaborating with related engineering design teams
  • Evaluating components, materials, and suppliers; identifying and resolving design integration/interface issues
  • Determining and establishing design specifications.
  • Develop PLC and SCADA programming with an emphasis on Rockwell/Allen-Bradley, Modicon and Siemens in an industrial automation environment. This includes; documentation of programs, implementation, start-up and support.


Matt Sawicki


Piping Designer positions in Washington State

January 4th, 2013

The Talley Group is currently seeking Piping Designers with Oil & Gas and Bentley AutoPlant experience for Washington State.  We currently have 5 long term contract positions available for immediate hire.


  • 5+ years experience in process pipe design in hydrocarbon service, including layout, production piping, and checking. Strong communication, organization, and computer skills (Microsoft software).
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and Bentley AutoPlant – 3D modeling design experience in Bentley AutoPlant a plus.
  • Applicant should be motivated, have good analytical skills, and enjoy working in a challenging team environment.
  • Field trips to job sites (local and/or remote) will be required, so applicant must be open to travel and remote site assignments.
  • Able to provide project design on small to medium projects ($50K-$250K) from conception through detailed design.
  • Works closely with the Project Manager and/or Engineer during all phases of a project.
  • Can lead the design effort for a component of a large complex project (i.e., when reporting to a Senior Designer).
  • Demonstrates ability to design retrofits in congested operating areas.
  • Finished product meets all safety in design requirements and is easily operable and maintainable.
  • Maintains an excellent understanding of AutoCAD, or similar software.


Duties involve all aspects of process piping design, including:

  • Equipment and Piping layout
  • Responsibilities include producing all documents and drawings required to:
  • Fabricate pipe spools
  • Purchase materials
  • Assemble piping systems

If interested in getting more details regarding these and many other positions, please contact:

Matt Sawicki


Principal Engineer (Aircraft Interiors)

October 2nd, 2012

The Talley Group is currently seeking a Principal Engineer with a strong background in the aircraft interiors industry.  This is a direct placement opportunity located in Washington State offering a competitive salary range, excellent benefits and relocation assistance.

Location: Western WA

Must have aircraft interiors experience

The Principal Engineer (PE) for the Interior Architecture Value Stream (IVS) provides the technical leadership.  The PE, along with the program managers and operations manager constitute the leadership team for IVS.


  • Provide leadership / mentoring for value stream (VS) lead and senior engineers for multiple disciplines
  • Establish and maintain the preferred “methods” for all engineering disciplines.  Nominate and develop subject matter experts in mechanical, electrical and stress to develop best practices and ensure they are being utilized via stage gate and design reviews
  • Manage the sales support and cost analyst functions for IVS– responsible for staffing and approving all estimates.
  • Establish manpower requirements, including proper skill set mix within VS for current and forecasted work.
  • Develop individual plans for broadening technical skill set within VS
  • Coordinate with other PE’s and the Chief Engineer to establish standard processes, procedures and best practices
  • Establish / maintain design standards and drive improvement to the product in both functionality and manufacturability.
  • Manage / track VS level engineering KPI’s
  • Be an advocate of Lean Principles within engineering as well as on the production floor
  • Monitor and approve weekly time sheets for engineering staff


  • Bachelors degree in Engineering is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in aircraft interiors
  • Prior management or lead experience required
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and work independently including handling of confidential information
  • Detail oriented, analytical and accurate
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work well within a team environment
  • Responsive, motivated and a self-starter
  • PC literate in Word and Excel, MS Project preferred
  • Excellent in English communication, both spoken and written.
  • Knowledge of Lean concepts preferred.

Interested candidates should contact:

Matt Sawicki


Test Engineer II

September 21st, 2012

At The Talley Group, we specialize in the recruitment of engineers and related staff for clients ranging in size from small firms to Fortune 500 companies.

We are currently seeking three Test Engineers (levels I, II, III) for Everett, WA.  These are direct placement opportunities with a stable organization offering a competitive salary range, outstanding benefits and relocation assistance.  The ideal candidates should have a strong working knowledge of analog systems.

• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (EE, EET). 3-10 years technical experience in manufacturing and systems design.
• Understanding of analog and digital circuitry design. Strong analog experience is the key for this position.
• Written and verbal communication skills.
• Project management skills.
• VB, Java, LabView programming languages.
• Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving techniques.
• Test system design and execution.
• Metrology and systems design

• Design new production test systems for company products. Responsibilities will include: coordinating, performing, and documenting tests which cover performance verification, TUR analysis, hardware and software design, process metrology, resource management, DFT, and working with design teams adhering to cost, schedule, and performance objectives.
• Support the needs of sustaining engineering in the transition of new products from NPI engineering into manufacturing. The engineer will be responsible for the continuous improvement, robust systems design, yields, productivity, and sustainability of test systems. Documentation and training for sustaining engineer on all new test systems.
• Provide engineering support for production to achieve quality, cost, and delivery goals.
• Propose and implement design changes to improve product performance and manufacturability.
• Management of cross-functional team to assure that test systems are delivered on schedule.
• Perform analysis of alternate components; recommend alternate components or design changes.
• Review and evaluate new product design to determine calibration specifications, functional and/or environmental test requirements.
• Data analysis to determine root cause and corrective action to help drive quality initiatives
• Direct the work of other engineers, and perform other related duties as assigned.
• Occasional travel.
• Provide leadership and input to the design team.

For more information on this position and The Talley Group, please visit

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